Kurt Thomas (basketball)

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Kurt Thomas
Kurt Thomas posing.jpg
No. 40, 44
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1972-10-04) October 4, 1972 (age 41)
Dallas, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Hillcrest (Dallas, Texas)
College TCU (1990–1995)
NBA draft 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Miami Heat
Pro playing career 1995–2013
Career history
19951997 Miami Heat
1997–1998 Dallas Mavericks
19982005 New York Knicks
20052007 Phoenix Suns
2007–2008 Seattle SuperSonics
20082009 San Antonio Spurs
2009–2010 Milwaukee Bucks
2010–2011 Chicago Bulls
2011–2012 Portland Trail Blazers
2012–2013 New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Kurt Vincent Thomas (born October 4, 1972) is an American professional basketball player who most recently played for the New York Knicks. Thomas is a 6'9", 230 lb. power forward-center known for his hard-nosed playing style and tough defense. Drafted by the Miami Heat in 1995, Thomas played college basketball at Texas Christian University.

High school and college[edit]

After graduating from Dallas's Hillcrest High School, he attended Texas Christian University, where he led the NCAA Division I in scoring and rebounding in the 1994–95 season with 28.9 PPG and 14.6 RPG, becoming only the third player in history to accomplish this feat (the other two being Hank Gathers and Xavier McDaniel).[1]

NBA career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Thomas began his NBA career with the Miami Heat from 1995 to 1997. He then played for the Dallas Mavericks in the 97–98 season.[2]

New York Knicks (1998–2005)[edit]

Thomas played seven seasons with the New York Knicks from 1998 to 2005,[2] during which the team went to the playoffs four times, including two trips to the Eastern Conference Finals (1999 and 2000) and one trip to the NBA Finals (1999).[3]

Phoenix Suns (2005–2007)[edit]

Thomas played two seasons with the Phoenix Suns from 2005 to 2007.[2]

Seattle SuperSonics (2007–2008)[edit]

On July 20, 2007, Thomas, along with the Suns' first-round draft choices in 2008 and 2010, was traded by the Suns to the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for a conditional second-round draft choice and an $8 million trade exception.[4]

San Antonio Spurs (2008–2009)[edit]

Thomas was traded by the Sonics to the San Antonio Spurs on February 20, 2008, for Francisco Elson, Brent Barry, and a 2009 first round draft pick.[5]

Milwaukee Bucks (2009–2010)[edit]

On June 23, 2009, Thomas was traded along with Bruce Bowen and Fabricio Oberto to the Milwaukee Bucks for Richard Jefferson.[6]

Chicago Bulls (2010–2011)[edit]

On July 26, 2010, the Chicago Bulls announced that they had signed Kurt Thomas.[7] Because of injuries to the Bulls' starting center Joakim Noah and power forward Carlos Boozer, Kurt Thomas saw some significant playing time, including 37 starts.[8] When Noah and Boozer came back, he experienced minimal playing time with Ömer Aşık playing in front of him on the bench. Thomas averaged more than 20 minutes per game during the 2010-11 season along with 4.1 points and 5.8 rebounds.

Portland Trail Blazers (2011–2012)[edit]

On December 11, 2011, the Portland Trail Blazers signed Thomas for the shortened 2011-2012 season.[9] Though terms for the deal were not disclosed officially, it was reported to be a two-year contract.[10]

Return to the Knicks (2012–2013)[edit]

On July 16, 2012, Thomas and Raymond Felton were traded to the New York Knicks for Jared Jeffries, Dan Gadzuric, the rights to Kostas Papanikolaou and Giorgos Printezis, and a second round draft pick.[11] On April 12, 2013, the Knicks waived Thomas.[12]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1995–96 Miami 74 42 22.4 .501 .000 .663 5.9 .6 .6 .5 9.0
1996–97 Miami 18 9 20.8 .371 .000 .761 5.9 .5 .7 .5 6.3
1997–98 Dallas 5 0 14.6 .378 .000 1.000 4.8 .6 .2 .0 7.4
1998–99 New York 50 44 23.6 .462 .000 .611 5.7 1.1 .9 .3 8.1
1999–00 New York 80 21 24.6 .505 .333 .781 6.3 1.0 .6 .5 8.0
2000–01 New York 77 29 27.6 .511 .333 .814 6.7 .8 .8 .9 10.4
2001–02 New York 82 82 33.8 .494 .167 .815 9.1 1.1 .9 1.0 13.9
2002–03 New York 81 81 31.8 .483 .667 .750 7.9 2.0 1.0 1.2 14.0
2003–04 New York 80 75 31.9 .473 .000 .835 8.3 1.9 .7 1.0 11.1
2004–05 New York 80 80 35.7 .471 .500 .786 10.4 2.0 .9 1.0 11.5
2005–06 Phoenix 53 50 26.6 .486 .000 .815 7.8 1.1 .4 1.0 8.6
2006–07 Phoenix 67 13 18.0 .486 .000 .789 5.7 .4 .4 .4 4.6
2007–08 Seattle 42 39 25.2 .513 .000 .696 8.8 1.3 .8 1.0 7.5
2007–08 San Antonio 28 9 18.7 .448 .000 .583 4.9 .5 .8 .5 4.5
2008–09 San Antonio 79 10 17.8 .503 .000 .822 5.1 .8 .4 .7 4.3
2009–10 Milwaukee 70 9 15.0 .476 .000 .800 4.2 .7 .4 .7 3.0
2010–11 Chicago 52 37 22.7 .511 1.000 .630 5.8 1.2 .6 .8 4.1
2011–12 Portland 53 3 15.2 .465 .000 .700 3.5 .9 .5 .6 3.0
2012–13 New York 39 17 10.1 .542 1.000 .462 2.3 .5 .3 .4 2.5
Career 1110 650 24.5 .486 .281 .760 6.6 1.1 .7 .8 8.1

Playoffs[edit]

Thomas with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1996 Miami 3 3 20.0 .400 .000 1.000 5.3 1.0 .7 .3 4.0
1999 New York 20 12 21.0 .381 .000 .696 5.5 .4 .8 .6 5.3
2000 New York 16 0 15.7 .508 .000 .700 3.1 .3 .2 .4 4.3
2001 New York 5 5 37.2 .532 .000 .710 11.2 1.8 .4 1.0 14.4
2004 New York 4 4 34.8 .429 .000 .750 11.5 1.5 1.8 .8 12.8
2006 Phoenix 1 0 6.0 .000 .000 .500 1.0 .0 .0 .0 1.0
2007 Phoenix 11 5 19.3 .523 .000 .882 4.9 1.1 .5 .8 7.5
2008 San Antonio 17 8 15.8 .457 .000 .714 4.9 .4 .1 .4 4.1
2009 San Antonio 5 0 16.0 .455 .000 .750 4.6 .4 .2 .4 2.6
2010 Milwaukee 7 7 28.4 .486 .000 .800 7.9 1.6 .4 .6 5.4
2011 Chicago 7 0 10.6 .556 .000 .000 2.7 .4 .1 .4 2.9
Career 96 44 19.7 .463 .000 .748 5.4 .7 .4 .5 5.6

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